Recorded: Movie Versions: Apr 30 and May 3, 1957, Radio Recorders, Hollywood
Released master is May 3 recording, splice of take 10 and take 13. Record Version: Sep 5, 1957, Radio Recorders, Hollywood
Released master is take 15.
Single:w/ "Jailhouse Rock", 47-7035, September 24, 1957
Also released on 78rpm, 20-7035, September 24, 1957
Also re-released as Gold Standard Series, 447-0619, 1961
Highest U.S. Charts Positions:
#27 on Billboard's Hot 100
#11 on Billboard's Hot Country Singles chart
#1 (w/ "Jailhouse Rock") on Billboard's Rhythm & Blues chart
#56 on Cash Box chart
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(Just my opinion. Give us yours!)
Almost as infectious as "Don't Be Cruel", "Treat Me Nice" is pretty hard to resist! Dudley Brooks' introductory piano chords give way to a playful boogie rhythm and Elvis beating on the back of the guitar again like in "Don't Be Cruel". Elvis is at his playfully seductive best, complete with some classic swoops and hiccups along the way. A fun ride that's over way too soon! Coupled with "Jailhouse Rock", this has to rank with "Hound Dog / Don't Be Cruel" as one of the all-time great singles!
The alternate version heard in the film is more of a rockabilly take, recorded months earlier. A different style but just as bouncy and appealing! I slightly prefer the more polished single version myself, but the movie take, in all its guitar-slapping glory, always brings a smile!
(What did the critics and fans say?)
"Treat Me Nice"...is a bouncy number, with magical piano from Dudley Brooks. Worth a mention is the solid bass line, and the way in which Presley's voice dovetails perfectly with the Jordanaires in the baritone register.
...It was a rollicking song with an arrogant lyric that contrasted with the playfulness of the music. The song's light musical tone can make it easy to miss the words, in which a man demands subservient behavior from a woman. Though he notes that he'll be her slave if she asks him to, he adds that he'll walk out if she doesn't behave the way he wants her to. The song was well-suited to Elvis Presley, who was familiar with its gently rocking style and could put across the lyrics in a winning way...
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